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Old 11-02-2011, 02:07 PM
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'07 or Newer Commuter and Tow Vehicle

So I'm having to get rid of the company car and purchase my own. Am looking at either SUV (Tahoe or Durango) or 4-door truck (possibly Avalanche, Tundra, F150, Ram) 2007 or newer. Primary purpose is commuting for work so would like 18-20 mpg highway but this vehicle would also serve as backup tow vehicle (wife currently has '07 Durango w/Hemi which tows MC great) so I want to get towing capability of 7,000lbs+. Haul x14v so with gear about 5,500 lbs.

Would like anybody's feedback on the above-listed SUV's or trucks. Initial thoughts:
1. Ford F150 EcoBoost - only a 3.5L V6 but torque at over 400ft/lbs and rated at 8,000+ for towing--interesting.
2. Avalanche - great-looking truck and flexible for uses.
3. SUV's would be great as I have 3 kids but not necessary. Anyone hauling with the new Durango's?

Thx in advance for the feedback. I know it's all personal opinion but I haven't owned a truck in over 20 years and figured I would get candid feedback from this crew.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:15 PM
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I have a 2007 Tahoe LTZ and love it. Pulls the 05 x2 just fine, plus it's really comfortable as a daily driver.

I haven't been in a ecoboost f150 yet but I would definitely go test drive one... Only issue is I think they just came out in 2011.

However, I would recommend a Serria Denali 2500 duamax. Why? Cause your wife can't have a bigger truck than you :-p
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:27 PM
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The 2500 Duramax would definitely work--the price may be a bit out of my range. And the point regarding my wife is understood, for sure.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:29 PM
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18mpg highway will be at the upper end or just out of reach with any of the vehicles you've mentioned, including the diesels if you go post 07 emissions (without deleting the dpf anyway).
That said, the new '11 F150 5.0 V8 in my 2wd company truck gets 18-20 on the highway and 16+ in mixed/city/jobsite. It pulls very well for a small, small block. As good or better than any of the 1/2ton gassers out there right now. If the Eco boost is better than this engine in power and mpg then that's the best combo, IMO. And I'm not even a Ford guy. Never cared for them until I got this 2011 model.
Sounds like you don't NEED a diesel (who does?), but they are sweet. Find you a pre-emissions 06-07 DMax or Dodge Cummins if you want to stay within the 30k budget range.
Figure in maint costs though. While I believe diesel pickups are overall less costly to maintain than gassers, this includes me doing my own maint. Seems on the diesel pickups they don't jsut charge you for the extra gal or 2 of oil, they charge you out the kazoo to actually pour it into your engine. Then you get hammered like $60-100 to change a $10 fuel filter in like 5 min.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:38 PM
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I have the 07 Avalanche and I love it. I have no brakes on my trailer and I have no problems. A very versatile and sexy vehicle (truck/SUV). You wont get 18 to 20 mph out of it and the high end rating is 17 mph. I don't check it but the computer says between 14 and 15 mph average with 66,000 miles of driving I have done.

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So I'm having to get rid of the company car and purchase my own. Am looking at either SUV (Tahoe or Durango) or 4-door truck (possibly Avalanche, Tundra, F150, Ram) 2007 or newer. Primary purpose is commuting for work so would like 18-20 mpg highway but this vehicle would also serve as backup tow vehicle (wife currently has '07 Durango w/Hemi which tows MC great) so I want to get towing capability of 7,000lbs+. Haul x14v so with gear about 5,500 lbs.

Would like anybody's feedback on the above-listed SUV's or trucks. Initial thoughts:
1. Ford F150 EcoBoost - only a 3.5L V6 but torque at over 400ft/lbs and rated at 8,000+ for towing--interesting.
2. Avalanche - great-looking truck and flexible for uses.
3. SUV's would be great as I have 3 kids but not necessary. Anyone hauling with the new Durango's?

Thx in advance for the feedback. I know it's all personal opinion but I haven't owned a truck in over 20 years and figured I would get candid feedback from this crew.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:47 PM
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I have a '11 Tundra Crewmax 4x4 w/ the 5.7. It tows great and is the most reliable truck I have ever owned, but it can not pass a gas station without stopping. I get about 13 mpg in town and 17 mpg on the highway.

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Old 11-02-2011, 06:39 PM
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Have a 2007 Yukon Denali. Love it, tows great, and looks good. Has the 6.2L aluminum block V8 with 390HP.
Best part is the tranny temp gauge and the self-leveling rear airbags with built-in compressor (standard on the Denalis). Always keeps the rear level. As soon as I drop weight on the hitch I hear the compressor kick in. Also has full time AWD. Rated to tow 8500 lbs (I think).

That Denali towing my new X25 rolling down the highway will be the symbol of capitalist opulence! Occupy this!!!
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:59 PM
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Do you tow so much in critical situations that you need a backup tow vehicle? Get a sedan and enjoy 30+ MPG
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:11 PM
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Have a 2007 Yukon Denali. Love it, tows great, and looks good. Has the 6.2L aluminum block V8 with 390HP.
Best part is the tranny temp gauge and the self-leveling rear airbags with built-in compressor (standard on the Denalis). Always keeps the rear level. As soon as I drop weight on the hitch I hear the compressor kick in. Also has full time AWD. Rated to tow 8500 lbs (I think).

That Denali towing my new X25 rolling down the highway will be the symbol of capitalist opulence! Occupy this!!!
That's funny. And yes, if I could find a low-mileage Denali, that would be an option as well.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:18 PM
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Do you tow so much in critical situations that you need a backup tow vehicle? Get a sedan and enjoy 30+ MPG
Getting a sedan has crossed my mind. And if I was smart, would probably be the way to go. However, we keep the MC at my father-in-laws storage building and to coordinate with my wife every Friday to meet me there so we can swap vehicles to tow the boat home for the weekend's activities doesn't always work. I wouldn't say it's "critical" situations, but it does become a bit of a PITA. Besides, the functionality of a truck is hard to beat, despite the lower MPG. I still have a couple of months but trying to figure this out sooner rather than later.

Thx to everyone for their feedback so far.
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